31st of March 2012, Review by by Ben Spencer
Photography by Charlie Maddox
There is definitely something special in the air when you go to see the first band that ever got you into Rock music! They will always have a certain sentimental value when you look back over the years at all the bands you have seen henceforth and remain prominent in your mind, regardless of how far your music taste has come since these early days. Such is the case with InMe; they changed my perception of Rock music, inspired me to grow long hair and put me on the right path to Rock music, just as they were starting out themselves as a young British Alternative Rock band!
After having a great chat with the band themselves and asking some burning questions, some of which I have wanted to ask them for years, we race back upstairs to catch the last two songs of opening band ‘Mojo Fury’.
The Irish rockers seemed to have the crowd going with their unique and pulsating vibrancy that was also reflected by their stage presence. The vocalist had distinctive and perfectly clear vocal arrangements when playing with the other musicians. The Guitars aligned with the keyboard work rather well, however, no sooner had I begun to enjoy their set than it seemed to end, this being said I made a mental to check these guys out and hopefully catch them properly sometime in the near future.
It’s also worth mentioning that their album ‘Visiting Hours of a Travelling Circus’ should be enough to sway people into attending future shows these guys play.
Through no fault of our own, nor the aforementioned band who just played, we missed the second band ‘Lost Alone’. Having to wait 30-40 minutes downstairs for an interview Mojo Fury, whilst they were being interviewed by someone else, meant that we were not able to catch any of the second band’s set.
The only thing I can say is that from downstairs in the basement of the 02 Academy, their sound did seem to get my head nodding and my foot tapping. Again a shame I wasn’t able to see more of these guys.
By the time we were able to interview ‘Mojo Fury’, we had just five minutes to rush back upstairs and catch the main act InMe. I noticed that the venue had filled out quite significantly from before and the eager crowd of InMinions (the code name given to InMe’s forever loyalist fan base) could be heard shrieking between the four walls of the venue.
As the lights dimmed down, and an ambient musical interlude subsided, the four members of InMe assumed positions and wasted no time in their introduction, as they burst into the heavy harmonic riffage of ‘Reverie Shores’. Dave’s transition from falsetto high notes to raw energy vocal passages remained as flawless as ever. Indeed he’s unique and accented vocal range worked well with Greg’s booming bass and Gazz’s guitar melodies. As the face-melting guitar solo charged forward the mid-breakdown intercepted with its fluid-like ease, as the crowd could be heard singing back “We used to feel invisible, now we don’t feel at all” as the guitars and heavy drumming bounced back Dave let out an almost Iron Maiden like wailing that was driven by the guitar crescendo from both him and Gazz.
Next up, the band indulges fans with the pop-punk upbeat ‘Soldier’ taken from their third album ‘Daydream Anonymous’; this was quite a welcome relief as the technical and shredding solos of the opening track and this helped get the fans moving.
Crowd interaction is one of the most important duties for any band to fulfil whilst performing, as InMe burst into Faster The Chase (one of their most popular songs) the entire room was singing along, so loud that I actually couldn’t hear Dave’s vocals amidst the choir of fans chanting back the lyrics.
During the mid-breakdown, drummer Simon and Bassist Greg slide into a Drum and Bass groove while Dave tells the crowd to separate “Ok guys I want everyone from the left to move to the left wall and everyone on the right to move to the right wall,”. As the crowd parted like the river Moses a clearing became visible from the stage to the sound desk, Dave abandoned his guitar and ran down the parting shaking hands and hugging members of the crowd, while the bass and drum solo continued.
Once he returned to stage, he encouraged the fans to move back slowly and carefully (a nice and surprising gesture, I was half expecting a battle field of moshers to slam into each other like muddy Rugby players).
He then picked up his guitar and the band resumed for the final chorus of the song.
Diversity is everything, and InMe prove that there is more to them than just playing catchy songs as the synth intro for their heaviest song ‘Saccharine Arcadia’ comes crashing down. This tech-metal monster of a song, is matched by a high pitched screaming mid section, reminding fans that their heavier side is still very much intact.
The more technical of their album’s ‘Herald Moth’ also had a couple of moments to shine tonight, from the finger tapping solos of ‘Belief Revival’ to the stomping ground bass and drum outro of ‘Ferosity in Desire’.
Vocally, two of the best tracks were the ghastly, haunting and goose bump inducing ‘Her Mask’; originally an old track from when the band was a three-piece, however the extra guitar and slightly revamped techy feel gave the song a whole new twist. The second track for me where the vocals worked really was ‘Raindrops on Stones’ in which Dave takes his high notes and Muse-esque guitar riffs to a whole new level.
The newer tracks of ‘The Pride’ were also performed well, from the Electro-Trance metal breakdown of ‘Moonlit Seabed’, to the soaring lead guitar and bass grooves of ‘Pantheon’.
Polishing off the night, Dave plays through the encore, rather than going off stage and coming back on.
He tells the fans “Thanks for coming out tonight guys, we are no longer a fashionable band like, but it’s you guys who keep us alive and this is the best night of the tour”!
As the InMinions hail back in appraisal, Gazz and Dave break into the guitar riffs for the final song of the evening ‘Underdose’; this was the first single the band ever released and the one that caught my attention back in 2003, and indeed this was a most fitting ending to a really enjoyable gig.
Overall, InMe have never sounded better and more vibrant live.
They played a range of songs catering for old fans and newbie’s alike, however, I would like to have heard some of their more progressive stuff live like ‘Escape To Mysteriopa’ or the orchestral delicacies of ‘Silver Womb’ with its heavier lead guitar sharp shooting. The emphasis on tonight’s gig seemed to be about their more energetic stuff, like a celebration of everything they are and everything they have become and in this light, it was done really well.
Good work guys!